Altitude 275m a.s.l
West Hill - Upper Tier © ROCKFAX
Along with nearby Harborough, a chance to savour the unusual delights of dolomitic limestone, (lots of jugs)! A collection of short walls and towers (mainly 6 - 10m high). Super soloing playground, or a family day out in summer; but take Dock Leaves! Best routes are Tower Ridge (D), West Hill Arete, Pillar Face (both VD), Penlington's Progress (VS 4c) and the desperate Little by Little (S 4c!).
Via public footpath leading from minor road at SK 223544 to B5056 at SK 222554. Two sections of rock are visible when approaching from the south. The West hill is the LH section.
Climbing is NOT ALLOWED on the RH section (East Hill), home of some of the longest routes.
Sadly, despite almost 120 years of continuous use by climbers, Rainster Rocks are the scene of a complete access ban. THE WEST AND EAST HILLS ARE EACH UNDER DIFFERENT OWNERSHIP, AND CURRENTLY NEITHER OWNER WISHES THE ROCKS TO BE USED FOR CLIMBING. There is however a public right of way to the East Hill, and so you are at liberty to visit the place. Sadly, the permitted path does not cross over the col to the West Hill, so taking a peek at that is therefore a more delicate matter - see ‘Approach’, above. If minded to explore, you should keep a low profile, leave no litter, follow footpaths, do not damage fences and walls, and do not frighten stock (this is a sheep farming area, with rearing sheds nearby, and sheep frequent all parts of the crag - LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME). Moody cattle are also on occasion pastured in surrounding fields - take care!
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